ISLAMABAD: (APP) The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) will pave the way to a territory of integrated and sustainable economies as well as free trade area achieved by highly educated societies and improved governance through enhanced cooperation.
According to the ECO Vision-2025 document released here Wednesday on the conclusion of the 13th ECO Summit , it was decided that the ECO would be recognized as a regional group/partner in the global environment community.
The member states resolved to expand project based economic activities and develop and strengthen the ECO institutions, enabling them to play a proactive role in realizing the objectives of the Organization and implementing the Vision.
Implementing the guiding policy document - Vision 2025 , the ECO body would ensure that regional mechanisms/frameworks are in place to support education, training, vocational needs and other capacity enhancement requirements of the peoples/entities of the member countries, besides higher food security and safety.
It was also agreed that cooperation, focusing on non-communicable diseases as well as universal health coverage system, would be encouraged in the member countries and environmental sustainability of the region would be supported through environmentally friendly regional economic and social cooperation.
Regional projects in climate/biodiversity areas through partnership with relevant international stakeholders with available regional and global funding will be implemented, the document stated.
It was decided that a regional integrated disaster risk reduction system/network would be established with the ultimate aim of preventing and reducing disaster losses in lives, and in social, economic, and environmental assets of people of ECO member countries.
It was also decided to develop regional law enforcement and police organizations/mechanisms to coordinate and support national and international efforts to combat illegal drugs and human trafficking and other trans-regional organized crime.